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Profile of the Day: Drew Barrymore

Posted February 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Drew Barrymore! Today the actress turns 41. Drew Blythe Barrymore was born into the famous Barrymore dynasty of actors. The granddaughter of legendary actor John Barrymore, Drew descends from a long line of performers. John Barrymore’s siblings, Lionel and Ethel, were also renowned stage actors. Not only that, her great grandparents, Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew, were accomplished stage actors as well. Her second great grandparents, John and Louisa Lane Drew, owned and ran their own… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James F. Reed

Posted February 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1847, the first rescuers reached the surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of American pioneers stranded in the snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Leading the ill-fated wagon train to California were George Donner and James F. Reed. In the spring of 1846, parties led by Reed and Donner joined together to head west to California. Along the way, several other families joined the wagon train. After arriving at Fort… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Travolta

Posted February 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Travolta

Happy birthday, John Travolta! Today the star turns 62. John Joseph Travolta was the youngest of six children born to Salvatore Travolta and Helen Cecilia Burke. He grew up in a family of entertainers and at 16, dropped out of high school to pursue an acting career in New York. He got his first taste of success when he was cast as Vinnie Barbarino on the television sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter. Just a few short years later, he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

Posted February 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

On this day in 1801, Thomas Jefferson was elected the third President of the United States over his running mate, Aaron Burr, who also happened to be his 11th cousin. The election of 1800 was one of the most intense and contentious elections in U.S. history and exposed one of the flaws in the original Constitution. The then Vice President Thomas Jefferson had defeated President John Adams, but due to the rules outlined in the Constitution,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Taylor Swift

Posted February 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Congratulations to Taylor Swift, who took home the Grammy award for Album of the Year on Monday night! She is the first woman to win the coveted award twice. In her much buzzed about acceptance speech, Swift took a moment to send an empowering message to young women everywhere. She said, “I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted February 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 207th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Celebrated as Darwin Day throughout the world, the day commemorates Darwin’s enormous contribution to science. Charles Robert Darwin was born on February 12, 1809 at his family’s home in Shrewsbury, England. His family was wealthy and well known in English society. His paternal grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was an abolitionist and a key thinker of the Enlightenment movement. While his maternal grandfather, Josiah Wedgewood, was a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

Posted February 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio and was the youngest of seven children born to Samuel Ogden Edison, Jr. and Nancy Matthews Elliott. His father was an exiled political activist from Canada and had taken part in the unsuccessful Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837. A prolific inventor,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jefferson Davis

Posted February 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jefferson Davis

Do you have ancestors that fought for the Confederacy during the American Civl War? On this day in 1861, Jefferson Davis was notified by telegraph that he had been chosen as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America. Although he was the strongest and first choice to lead the new Confederate States, Davis was reluctant to take the position. He was at his plantation gardening when he received the news that he was unanimously… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President William Henry Harrison

Posted February 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: President William Henry Harrison

Are you related to a U.S. President? On this day in 1773, President William Henry Harrison was born on a plantation in Virginia. The ninth President of the United States, Harrison was the last U.S. president to be born as a British subject before American Independence. He was the youngest son of Benjamin Harrison V and Elizabeth Bassett and his family were prominent political figures. His father was a member of the Continental Congress and signed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laura Linney

Posted February 5, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Laura Linney

Happy birthday, Laura Linney! Today the Emmy Award winning actress turns 52. Laura Leggett Linney was born on February 5, 1964 in New York. Her father was well known playwright, Romulus Zachariah Linney IV. She graduated from Brown University in 1986 and studied acting at the Juilliard School. Linney started out in minor film and television roles such as Lorenzo’s Oil, Dave and General Hospital. Her big breakthrough was her role in The Truman Show as Jim Carrey’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Karen Carpenter

Posted February 4, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Karen Carpenter

Today we remember singer Karen Carpenter, who died on February 4, 1983. She is best known as the lead singer of the Carpenters – a duo act with her brother, Richard Carpenter. They had two hit singles “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun”. Karen was born on March 2, 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut. In June 1963 her family moved to Downey, California. She attended Downey High School where she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Blackwell

Posted February 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Blackwell

Do you have any doctors in your family tree? On this day in 1821, Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in the United States, was born in Bristol, England. Elizabeth was raised in a liberal household with a strong emphasis on education. In 1832, her father moved the family to United States and when he died in 1838, he left the family in great debt. To help make ends meet, Elizabeth, her older sisters, and her mother opened… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Posted February 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Have you read Ulysses? On this day in 1882, author James Joyce was born in Dublin, Ireland. James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born on February 2, 1882 to John Stanislaus Joyce and Mary Jane Murrary. Joyce grew up in an unstable household due to his father’s drinking. A bright child, Joyce taught himself Norwegian so he could read the works of Henrik Ibsen in their original language. Regarded as one of the most influential and important authors… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

To kick off Black History Month, today we celebrate the life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland around February 1818. Although the exact date of his birth is not known, he chose to celebrate it on February 14. Years later, after escaping to the North, he took the surname Douglass. As a child, he secretly taught himself to read and write, believing that “knowledge is a pathway… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Selleck

Posted January 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Tom Selleck! Today the popular actor turns 71. Thomas William Selleck was born on January 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan. An athlete growing up, Selleck attended the University of Southern California on a basketball scholarship. He studied business administration before shifting his focus to acting. He got his big break when he was cast as the star of the detective series, Magnum, P.I. The show was a big success and earned Selleck an Emmy for Outstanding… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: W.B. Yeats

Posted January 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Irish ancestry? On this day in 1939, renowned Irish poet William Butler Yeats died in Menton, France. W.B. Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Dublin, Ireland to John Butler Yeats and Susan Mary Pollexfen. His mother had come from a wealthy merchant family, who owned a milling and shipping business. Yeats grew up in a creative and artistic family; his father had abandoned his studies of law to become an artist… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Posted January 27, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Remember the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? 184 years ago today, author and photographer Lewis Carroll was born. The eldest son in a family of 11 children, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson spent much of his childhood reading books. He enjoyed entertaining the children of his close friend, Henry George Liddell, and spent much time delighting them with stories of fantastic adventures. Liddell’s daughter, Alice, became the inspiration for Carroll’s most famous character, Alice, and her adventures… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ellen DeGeneres

Posted January 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ellen DeGeneres

Happy birthday, Ellen DeGeneres! Today the beloved comedian and talk show host turns 58. She was born Ellen Lee DeGeneres on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana. Ellen got her start in comedy doing stand-up at small clubs and coffee houses. In 1986, Ellen made her first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson where she became the first female comedian to be invited by the iconic host to join him for an onscreen chat. Today,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Virginia Woolf

Posted January 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who is your favorite author? On this day in 1882, English author Virginia Woolf was born in Kensington, England. She was born Adeline Virginia Stephen to well-educated and well-connected parents. Her father, Sir Leslie Stephen, was a notable historian, author and mountaineer. Her mother, Julia Prinsep Stephen, was the niece of famous photographer Julia Margaret Cameron and the first cousin of the temperance leader Lady Henry Somerset. Considered one of the greatest modernist writers of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lord Byron

Posted January 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any poets in your family tree? On this day in 1788, English poet Lord Byron was born in London, England. Regarded as one of the greatest British poets in history, Lord Byron is perhaps just as well known for his amorous escapades as his works of literature. He was born George Gordon Byron on January 22, 1788. He was the son of Captain John “Mad Jack” Byron and his second wife, Catherine… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XVI of France

Posted January 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1793, Louis XVI was executed for treason by guillotine. Louis XVI was born on August 23, 1754 in the Palace of Versailles. He was the second son of Louis, the Dauphin of France, and thus the grandson of Louis XV. When his brother died at the age of nine, followed by his father’s death in 1765, a young Louis became the next in line to inherit his grandfather’s crown. He ascended to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles III of Spain

Posted January 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles III of Spain

Have you found your connection to the Spanish monarchy? On this day in 1716, Charles III, King of Spain, was born in Madrid. The third surviving son of Philip V of Spain, but the eldest by his second wife, Charles became the Duke of Parma and Piacenza at the age of 15. As Duke, he conquered the kingdoms of Naples and Sicily and was crowned king on July 3, 1735. He reigned as Charles VII… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

Posted January 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

Happy birthday, Dolly Parton! Today the country superstar turns 70. She was born on January 19, 1946 in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. The fourth of twelve children, Parton grew up in poverty and often sang of her family’s struggles in her music. She began performing as a child and made television appearances by the age of ten. Since scoring her first No. 1 hit, Parton has enjoyed a long, successful career. She’s the most honored female… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cary Grant

Posted January 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1904, star Cary Grant was born in Bristol, England. He was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 to Elias James Leach, a tailor’s presser, and Elsie Maria Leach, a factory seamstress. Grant had an unhappy childhood. When he was 9 years old, his father placed his mother in a mental institution and told a young Grant that she had gone away on a “long holiday.” Later, he was told… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eighty-seven years ago today, civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. A middle child, King was named after his father, Martin King. After a trip to Germany in 1934, his father chose to change his name and his son’s name to Martin Luther King in honor of the German Protestant reformer, Martin Luther. As a child, King enjoyed singing with his church choir and even had the opportunity to perform with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Rickman

Posted January 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alan Rickman

Today we remember actor Alan Rickman, who has passed away at the age of 69. A versatile actor, Rickman showcased his remarkable talent on both the stage and silver screen. He is perhaps best known for playing Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film franchise as well as his villainous roles in Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Born on February 21, 1946 in London, England, Rickman was the second son born to working class parents. His father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Cash

Posted January 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1968, Johnny Cash performed live at Folsom State Prison. His live album recording At Folsom Prison was a hit and stayed at the top of the charts for weeks. In 1955, Cash first released is single, “Folsom Prison Blues.” He was inspired to write the song from the perspective of the incarcerated after watching the movie, Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, while serving in the United States Air Force Security Service. Not only had the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Perrault

Posted January 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Perrault

Remember reading fairytales growing up? On this day in 1628, French author Charles Perrault was born in Paris, France. Often described as the “father of the fairytale,” Perrault was known for penning some of the most beloved and recognizable stories, including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty. He derived many of his stories from pre-existing folktales and created the foundations of a new literary genre, the fairytale. He was born on January 12, 1628 to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alice Paul

Posted January 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alice Paul

On this day in 1885, woman’s right activist and suffragist Alice Paul was born. She was born on January 11, 1885 in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey to William Mickle Paul and Tacie Parry and was the eldest of four children. An influential figure of the women’s right movement, Paul was the leader and strategist of the 1910 campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment, which prohibits sex discrimination in the right to vote. She founded the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Galileo Galilei

Posted January 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei died on this day in 1642. A pioneer and revolutionary thinker of his time, Galileo’s scientific discoveries would forever change the world’s understanding of the universe. Galileo was born on February 15, 1564 in Pisa, Italy. He was the oldest of six children born to Giulia Ammannati and Vincenzo Galilei, a famous lutenist and composer. As a young man, Galileo considered joining the priesthood before turning his attention to science and mathematics. His work… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Keres

Posted January 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you enjoy a game of chess? Today Estonia celebrates the 100th birthday of famous Estonian chess grandmaster Paul Keres. Keres was born on January 7, 1916 in Narva, Estonia. He showed an aptitude for chess at an early age, first learning about the game from his father and older brother, Harald. His brother would later go on to become a prominent physicist and is considered the father of the Estonian school of relativistic gravitation theory. From the mid-1930s to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jedediah Smith

Posted January 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jedediah Smith

Do you have explorers in your family tree? On this day in 1799, trapper and explorer Jedediah Smith was born in Jericho, New York. One of the first to explore the West, Smith is often considered one of America’s greatest trapper-explorers. In 1822, he joined William H. Ashley’s fur trading company to explore and trap in the Rocky Mountains. He would come to discover the South Pass through the Rockies, which offered a safer and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diane Keaton

Posted January 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 70th birthday to Diane Keaton! The actress was born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a homemaker and once won the “Mrs. Los Angeles” pageant. Her father, John Newton Ignatius “Jack” Hall, was a real estate broker and civil engineer. After deciding to pursue a career in acting, she took on her mother’s maiden name “Keaton” to avoid confusion with another actress named Diane Hall. After finding success on Broadway, including… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Newton

Posted January 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Isaac Newton

Today we remember Isaac Newton, who was born on January 4, 1643. Occasionally, his birthday is seen displayed as December 25, 1642, which is the date of his birth according to the old Julian calendar. He was born prematurely at Woolstrhope Manor in Lincolnshire, England, just three months after the death of his father. Small and weak, Newton was not expected to survive. However, Newton would go on to become one of the most influential scientists… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dick Clark

Posted December 31, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dick Clark

It’s New Year’s Eve! Do you remember ringing in the New Year with host Dick Clark? Today we remember the American Bandstand host who helped transform rock & roll into a cultural force. For 40 years, Clark hosted the annual special New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from Time Square in New York City. Millions of viewers wached each year as the lovable host helped countdown the ball drop as the previous year came to an end and the new year… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rudyard Kipling

Posted December 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 150th birthday of acclaimed author Rudyard Kipling! He was born Joseph Rudyard Kipling in Bombay, British India on December 30, 1865 to Alice MacDonald and John Lockwood Kipling. His mother was one of four notable sisters who had married well known men of the Victorian Era. His father, a sculptor and pottery designer, was the principal and professor of Architectural Sculpture at the Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art in Bombay. In 1865, his parents… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Tyler Moore

Posted December 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Mary Tyler Moore! Today the actress turns 79. The oldest of three siblings, Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York to Marjorie Hackett and George Tyler Moore. Her paternal great grandfather was Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Tighman Moore, a commander in the Confederate States Army. In 1861, Moore had offered his home in Winchester, Virginia to serve as the headquarters for Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Today, the home… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maggie Smith

Posted December 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Dame Maggie Smith! Today the legendary British actress turns 81. She was born Margaret Nathalie Smith on December 28, 1934 in Essex, England. Since making her stage debut at the age of 17, Smith has had an extensive and acclaimed career on film, stage and television. She won her first Academy Award in 1969 for her starring role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie opposite Michael Caine. She was introduced to a new generation of fans… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lady Bird Johnson

Posted December 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lady Bird Johnson

On this day in 1912, Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady of the United States, was born in Karnack, Texas. She was born Claudia Alta Taylor on December 22, 1912 at “The Brick House,” an antebellum planation mansion on the outskirts of town. As a child, her family nurse commented that she was as “pretty as a ladybird,” and the nickname stuck. As First Lady, Johnson worked on the beautification of the nation’s capital. She stated,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Fonda

Posted December 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jane Fonda

Happy birthday, Jane Fonda! Today the actress turns 78. Born into a Hollywood family, Jayne Seymour Fonda was the daughter of actor Henry Fonda and Canadian-born socialite Frances Ford Brokaw. When Fonda was 12, her mother committed suicide while under the care of a psychiatric hospital. She followed in her father’s footsteps and pursued a career in acting. During the 1960s, she scored several hits and landed her first Academy Award nomination for They Shoot Horses, Don’t… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brad Pitt

Posted December 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Brad Pitt

Today marks Brad Pitt’s 52nd birthday! William Bradley Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Jane Etta Hillhouse and William Alvin Pitt. He grew up in Springfield, Missouri and majored in journalism at the University of Missouri. However, just weeks before graduating, Pitt packed up all of his belongings and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. He worked odd jobs around the city as he struggled to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: The Wright Brothers

Posted December 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1903, the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, made history by making the world’s first sustained, man-powered, heavier-than-air flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The brothers grew up in a close household, which fostered their creativity. Fascinated with flying from an early age, the brothers sought to make human flight a reality. On December 17, 1903, the brothers took their aircraft, named the Wright Flyer, to Kitty Hawk. With Orville as the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine of Aragon

Posted December 16, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Catherine of Aragon

Have you found your connection to royalty? On this day in 1485, Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII, was born in Alcalá de Henares near Madrid, Spain. The youngest daughter of Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella, Catharine was initially married to Henry’s older brother, Prince Albert. However, when the heir to the English throne died of an illness in 1502, Catherine found herself a widow. Shortly after Henry VIII… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

Posted December 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a Disney fan? On this day in 1966, Walt Disney died at the age of 65. He was born Walter Elias Disney on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois to Elias Charles Disney and Flora Call Disney. At 16, he tried to join the U.S. army during World War I, but was rejected for being underage. Undeterred, he joined the American Red Cross and worked as an ambulance driver in France. In 1928,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington

Posted December 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1799, President George Washington died at his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia. He was 67 years old. Washington is remembered as one of the most important figures in American history. Born in 1732 on his family’s estate in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Washington led the Continental Army to victory during the American Revolution and served as the nation’s first President. In 1797, Washington retired from the presidency, establishing the tradition of the two-term… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward VIII

Posted December 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1936, history was made when Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He first ascended to the throne after the death of his father, George V. However, his reign had caused unease in government circles. His relationship with Wallice Simpson was controversial from the start. Only months into his reign, the couple announced their engagement, causing a constitutional crisis. The government, the public and the Church of England condemned the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Posted December 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Two hundred years ago today, pioneering mathematician Ada Lovelace was born in London, England. Augusta Ada Byron was born on December 10, 1815. She was the only legitimate child of the famous poet Lord George Gordon Byron, who left his wife and child shortly after Ada was born. Ada showed an apt for mathematics at an early age. Despite being outside the norm for women at the time, her mother encouraged her education in science and math,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kirk Douglas

Posted December 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Kirk Douglas

Happy birthday to Kirk Douglas! Can you believe the legendary actor is turning 99 today? He was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam New York. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants and the family adopted the surname Demsky in the United States. Growing up, Douglas went by the name Izzy Demsky until he legally changed it to Kirk Douglas shortly before entering the Navy during World War II. After the war, Douglas pursued his career… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eli Whitney

Posted December 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day 250 years ago, inventor Eli Whitney was born in Westborough, Massachusetts. Whitney was the eldest child of Eli Whitney, Sr., a prosperous farmer, and Elizabeth Fay. During the American Revolutionary War, Whitney had his own profitable nail manufacturing operation in his father’s workshop. After graduating from Yale, Whitney made his way to the South. It was there that he revolutionized the cotton industry with his invention of the cotton gin. His new machine quickly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Posted December 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Do you have ancestors who immigrated to the Great Plains? On this day in 1873, American author Willa Cather was born in Back Creek Valley, Virginia. She was best known for her novels O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia, which vividly depicted frontier life on the Great Plains. She was born Wilella Sibert Cather on December 7, 1873 on her maternal grandmother’s farm in the Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia. For six generations,… Read the full story

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